The final WTC event of the weekend, the inaugural Ironman 70.3 New Orleans triathlon kicked off the day as the world's largest Ironman 70.3 race with over 3,000 participants. Those who decided not to race in Australia, South Africa or Oceanside or other places were in New Orleans, including at least 50 professional triathletes including: Chris McCormack, Chris Lieto, Brian Fleischman, Chris McDonald, Brent McMahon and TJ Tollakson on the men's side and Joanna Zeiger, Natasha Badmann, Lisa Bentley, Heather Gollnick, Desirre Ficker, Kate Major, Nina Kraft and Linsey Corbin on the women's side.
2009 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans Results:
|1 - Brent McMahon||3:52:08*||1 - Natasha Badmann||4:17:50*|
|2 - Chris McCormack||3:54:33||2 - Catriona Morrison||4:18:43|
|3 - Tim O'Donald||3:55:08||3 - Joanna Zeiger||4:22:25|
|4 - Luc Van Lierde||3:57:18||4 - Caitlin Snow||4:22:51|
|5 - Ben Hoffman||3:57:52||5 - Nina Kraft||4:23:17|
|* = New Course Record|
Chris Lieto, who was leading the men's race in the early stages of the run ends the day with a DNF.
Additional Race Coverage:
- 2009 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans Race Coverage and Athlete Tracker [via Ironman.com]
- Ochsner Ironman 70.3: Natscha Badmann wins the women's race [via NOLA.com]
This was the only WTC event today that did not have a live video feed, compared to the other WTC events that took place this weekend (Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Ironman Australia and Ironman South Africa). The live race coverage was tame as well, very little details were posted (just 2 pages of details) and they didn't have any pictures. For a big race like this with the pro field they had and all the time they had to get ready its seems that they missed out on showing everyone who doubted the race what a race it was, maybe everyone was on assignment.
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